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Hollywood Icon Kirk Douglas Dies at 103

Hollywood Icon Kirk Douglas Dies at 103

Kirk Douglas passes away on the age of 103; the icon of Hollywood’s Golden Age starred in such classics as Spartacus, Champion and Lust for Life.

Actor Kirk Douglas died Wednesday in Los Angeles, California on the age of 103. Born December 9, 1916, Douglas made his characteristic movie debut in 1946’s The Unusual Love of Martha Ivers. He grew to become one of many prime male actors in post-World Warfare II Hollywood, rising in recognition by means of the 50s and 60s. By the point Douglas retired from performing in 2004, he’d appeared in over 80 motion pictures, together with classics like 1960’s Spartacus and 1957’s Gunfight on the O.Okay. Corral amongst others.

Douglas was nominated thrice for the Greatest Actor in a Main Position Oscar by the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences for his roles as ruthless boxer Midge in 1949’s Champion, formidable film producer Jonathan in 1952’s The Dangerous and the Stunning and the inventive genius Vincent Van Gogh in 1956’s Lust for Life. In 1996, Douglas received an honorary Oscar for “50 years as a inventive and ethical pressure within the movement image group.” He was offered with the Cecil B Demille Award by the Hollywood International Press on the 1968 Golden Globes Ceremony – and returned to the Golden Globes as a presenter in the course of the 2017 ceremony alongside his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta Jones. Outdoors Hollywood, Douglas was additionally awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 by President Jimmy Carter.

The actor’s son, Michael Douglas, confirmed Kirk Douglas’ loss of life on Instagram, writing, “It’s with large disappointment that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us at present on the age of 103.” Douglas penned a heartfelt assertion to his father, honoring the Hollywood icon’s legacy within the trade and acknowledging the household left behind. Kirk Douglas is survived by his three sons Michael, Joel and Peter, their households – together with Michael’s spouse Catherine Zeta Jones – in addition to Douglas’ spouse, Hollywood producer Anne Buydens. See Michael Douglas’ Instagram publish beneath.

Members of Hollywood have taken to social media to recollect Kirk Douglas, together with his daughter-in-law Jones, who wrote on Instagram, “I shall love you for the remainder of my life. I miss you already.” Director Steven Spielberg moreover launched an announcement (by way of THR) in reminiscence of the late actor, “I’ll miss his handwritten notes, letters and fatherly recommendation, and his knowledge and braveness – even past such a panoramic physique of labor – are sufficient to encourage me for the remainder of mine.” 

Later in his profession, Douglas survived a airplane crash in 1991 and suffered a stroke in 1996, earlier than retiring from performing within the early 2000s. Along with performing, Douglas was additionally an writer, having penned greater than 10 novels and memoirs, together with his first, the autobiography The Ragman’s Son, printed in 1988. His 11th guide, Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood – which he co-write together with his spouse Anne – was printed in Could 2017. Till his loss of life, Douglas was the best ranked individual on the American Movie Institute’s listing of traditional Hollywood cinema’s male display legends at quantity 17. The actor has undoubtedly left an impression on Hollywood and past.

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